bartle + marcus attorneys help clients recover investment losses.

Investment losses can hurt almost as bad as physical injuries. This is because investment losses, particularly in retirement or in the years immediately preceding retirement, can be life-altering.

For years, you diligently saved money for the future. You were willing to accept some risks so that your portfolio would have a chance to grow, but you told your investment advisor your risk-tolerance was low. You told him you were a conservative investor. Then one day you open your account statement, and you see investment losses. These are not normal investment losses, the type you’ve seen everyone once in a while as market fluctuates. These are significant losses you did not expect and had no reason to anticipate. You take a closer look, and the numbers don’t add up. You were told your investments were safe, but now money is gone and you want to know why. We can help.

Bartle + Marcus attorneys help clients recover investment losses. Whether your situation involves churning, suitability, unauthorized trading, failure to execute, improper use of leverage or margin, over concentration, negligence or fraud, you need an experienced investment loss attorney to discuss your issues and identify and assess possible strategies for obtaining a successful outcome and recovering your investment losses. There is no charge for our initial consultation. In appropriate cases, we represent clients on a contingent-fee basis, so there is no charge at all unless we recover.

Every investment recommendation made to an investor by a financial adviser must be “suitable” based on the investor’s risk tolerance, investment objectives, financial status and other relevant factors. An investment recommendation may be unsuitable if it is not made in accordance with the investor’s investment objectives; the investor does not have the financial ability to incur the risk associated with the investment; or the investor did not know or understand the risk associated with the investment.
Over-concentration claims are actionable when an investor, at the recommendation of a financial adviser, maintains a portfolio that is over-concentrated in a single issuer and/or asset class. A financial adviser that fails to diversify a customer’s account may be liable should the investment decline in value.
An investor may leverage their assets via a margin account held at a financial institution and purchase securities with borrowed money. The loan from the institution is secured by securities in the account. Investors who trade securities on margin incur the potential for higher losses and for “margin calls.” The institution can force the sale of securities in your account and can sell your securities without contacting you. As a result, there are additional risks involved with trading on margin that financial advisers must disclose to their customers.
Churning occurs when a financial adviser engages in excessive trading in an investor’s account in an attempt to generate excessive commissions. To prove that the pattern of trading in the account was excessive, the activity in the account is analyzed to determine whether it meets certain threshold calculations. The investor must prove that the financial adviser exercised control over the decision-making in the account, the trading was excessive and that the financial adviser acted in reckless disregard of the investor’s interests.
Negligence is conduct that falls below the “legal standard” established to protect others against unreasonable risk of harm. Generally, negligence is the failure to use such care as a reasonably prudent and careful person would use under similar circumstances. If a financial adviser is negligent in his dealings with an investor, then the investor may have recourse against that financial adviser.
Federal and state laws prohibit financial advisers from making “material misrepresentations” about investments that they are selling to customers. The laws impose on the financial advisers and financial institutions an obligation not to omit any information that a reasonable investor would want to know about in making a decision to invest. A financial adviser or financial institution may be liable to a customer if they misrepresent material facts or fail to disclose material facts to the investor in the sale or recommendation of an investment.


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It was 2005.

We were partners at a successful mid-sized law firm. We were blessed with an abundance of challenging work, but most of our clients were huge companies and most of our work involved defending those companies against claims of wrongdoing. We felt little reward in what we were doing and decided it was time for a change. So we started a new law firm: Bartle & Marcus LLC. Our new firm was immediately successful. It grew in size to become Graves Bartle & Marcus LLC in 2006 and Graves Bartle Marcus & Garrett LLC in 2009.

In the summer of 2013, as our eight-year anniversary approached, the firm was thriving. But our larger size and larger client base impacted our ability to focus on the types of cases we most enjoy. We felt driven to move to a platform that would allow us greater flexibility to handle those cases and to provide individualized service to the clients who bring them. So we left the law firm we founded to start a new firm with a familiar name: Bartle & Marcus LLC.

Our mission today remains much the same as it was in 2005. We want to represent the little guy.

We fight for the rights of individual investors who were victimized by the brokers and brokerage firms they trusted to safeguard their retirement nest eggs. While not every investment loss can be blamed on the broker, every broker is duty-bound to heed his or her client’s investment objectives, and to ensure any investment strategy is suitable for the client based on the client’s goals and financial situation. When this doesn’t happen, even the most carefully-laid retirement plans can be washed away. The broker may blame it on “the market.”  But is it really “the market” or is it the broker?

In all cases, we pledge to use our tenacity, creativity and compassion to make a positive impact in our clients’ lives. It’s not only what we do; it’s who we are. If you have a legal problem and need someone to help, please give us a call.

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